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Primavera Sound 2016 – A preview of day 1

Written by Miguel

The biggest indie music festival in the world is back for another year! The Barcelona-based music promotion Primavera Sound has celebrated 15 years in 2015 and this June (1-5) , it intends to continue paving the way to the future, while never forgetting the alternative pioneers of the past.

Indie music, the new umbrella term that seems to have replaced the very 90’s sounding “alternative rock” for the millennial generation, encompasses a lot of different genres that vary greatly in experimentalism and mainstream exposure while always keeping the spirits of creativity and innovation very well alive. And you can find all of its eclecticism right here in Barcelona, starting June 1, in this year’s edition of Primavera Sound. With a plethora of stages spread throughout the city, generating a euphoric, hyped feeling almost anywhere you go, it’s no wonder Time Out has named it the number 1 musical festival in the world. Let’s take a look at same of the bands you can see live on opening day.


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The Britpop legends are playing a free concert at Parc del Fórum, so bring your friends and have fun with some of the greatest hits of the 90’s. Spearheaded by the creative duo of Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler, Suede were one of the most important bands of the British counter to grunge. Reunited and as great as ever, the authors of Dog Man Star are looking to steal the show.


You never thought you’d hear a Swedish band incorporate afrobeat, did you? Well, you can expect anything from these Northern-European experimentalists, mixing sounds from all over the world to create fascinating, at times hypnotizing, psychedelic rock.

Doble Pletina

Barcelona’s-own Doble Pletina are an up and coming band that shows there’s nothing to fear – Spanish indie-rock is in tip-top shape. Before you check them out at Parc del Fórum, get familiar with their songs at their bandcamp.


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Empress of

One of many interesting acts playing in stage Primavera A La Ciutat, Empress Of is the stage name of Lorely Rodriguez, an American songwriter of Spanish-Honduran descent. Sometimes she sings in English, others in Spanish – but always experimental. From non-conventional R&B to her more dream pop textures, Empress of is definitely worth checking out.

But wait… there is much more!

These are just a few of the highlights of the festival’s first day.

Be sure to check the rest of the line-up, which you can easily do at Primavera’s website or at Festicket.

About the author


Miguel is a freelance writer and copywriter who believes that words can really take you places - so hop on his words and dare to discover the wonders of Barcelona with him.

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